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Boost your home pool safety

Dreaming of a more leisurely, escape-worthy backyard? For many, that dream includes a swimming pool — either above-ground or in-ground — or a hot tub. Plenty of American homeowners already live that dream every day: There are approximately 10 million swimming pools in the country, according to the National Swimming Pool Foundation, and about 7 million hot tubs. (Those statistics don’t include the number of portable pools.)

Swimming pools come with risks. Seventy-four percent of drowning deaths of children younger than 15 occur at a home, and it’s estimated that a child dies every five days in a portable pool in the United States. That’s why any pool — portable, above-ground, in-ground — should be installed and used in tandem with physical safety elements such as a pool safety fence and educational safety elements like safer swimming practices, including lessons for everyone and CPR training.

One step that you can take if you have a more permanent structure is to schedule annual maintenance on your swimming pool. Have a professional inspect the pool, drain covers and any other nearby hazards. Then make sure family and friends that use the pool understand where the pool safety equipment is located and what safety requirements you have for swimming, such as providing adult supervision at all times for children. Many pool accidents occur when adults momentarily step away from the pool area leaving a child unattended.

Need a refresher? Check out the pool safety tips and to-do’s in this graphic.

The anatomy of a safer pool

Must-haves for around the pool

6 safety-focused essentials

Keep these items poolside:

  1. Life-saving ring
  2. Shepherd’s hook
  3. CPR instructions
  4. Self-closing/latching gate (open outward, out of the reach of children)
  5. Alarms on doors leading to the pool
  6. 60"-tall, four-sided fence/enclosure (one side should not be the house)

88% - Reduction in childhood drowning incidents after certified swim lessonsfootnote [1]

Pool-use alerts

Three tools help you monitor who is in the pool and help them swim and play with less danger:

  • A rigid pool cover (keep the control out of kids’ reach)
  • A motion-sensor underwater alarm
  • Rounded, crack-free drain covers (all screws installed)

Year-round pool safety reminders:

  • Check that your pool meets city and state regulations
  • Ensure no one can climb over, under or through the fence
  • Remove steps and ladders when not in use
  • Do not include diving boards and slides in your pool design
  • Lock pool chemicals in a well-ventilated cabinet
  • Require adult users to know CPR and ensure that everyone has had swim lessons
  • Keep every child under adult supervision

4 - The age recommended to begin formal swim lessonsfootnote [2]

Extra tips for your portable pool:

Inflatable or soft-sided pools pose the same dangers as larger versions. Take extra care to help protect your family.

Empty after every use

Store out of reach or in a locked, secure cabinet

Supervise use at all times

2 hours - The average length of an adult/pediatric CPR classfootnote [3]

return to reference[1] National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
return to reference[2] American Academy of Pediatrics

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